Boehner: ‘It’s Time For Us to Say No’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 20, 2013 | 2:49 PM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( - After the House voted 230-189 today for a continuing resolution that would fund the rest of the government but defund Obamcare, House Speaker John Boehner declared it a “victory for commonsense.”

“It’s time for us to say no,” Boehner said. “It’s time to stop this before it causes any more damage to American families and American businesses.”

“You know, we had a victory today for the American people,” said Boehner. “And frankly, we also had a victory for commonsense.

“Listen, this is hurting our constituents.  It’s hurting the American people,” said Boehner. “At a time when the economy is barely eking along, wages aren’t increasing, new jobs aren’t available, and what are we doing?  We’re putting more costs and more inconvenience on the American people.”

“You’ve got businesses all over the country who are not hiring because of the impact of this law,” said Boehner. “You’ve got other businesses that are reducing the hours for their employees because of this law.”

Boehner challenged the Democratically controlled Senate to also pass a CR that defunds Obamacare.

“And so our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare,” said Boehner.

“The House has listened to the American people, now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.”

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." The current CR authorizing the federal government to spend money expires on Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year. In order for the administration to spend money on Oct. 1, Congress will need to enact legislation authorizing that spending.

The CR passed by the House today would authorize continued spending on the programs the federal government is currently operating—except for Obamacare.